On Friday the Rabbi Wore a Hijab 

I wear some unusual garments as a rabbi: the leather straps of Tefillin during weekday prayer services a fringed shawl-like Tallit, often tied as a cape, as I run up and down flights of stairs on Shabbat a white Kittel and Keds on Yom Kippur dreidle leggings on Chanukkah; a fruit dress on Tu B’Shevat;… Read more »

Choose Life: Yom Kippur Sermon, 2016

CHOOSE LIFE Kol Nidre, 5777 EROS This year, several articles in the Jewish press, from Haaretz to the Forward encouraged Jews to avoid synagogues on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. These allegedly “awesome days” are too solemn, stiff, even morose. Confessing sins is a major downer! Jews should come instead for the joy of Sukkot,… Read more »

Any Love Unaccompanied by Criticism is Not Love at All: America, the UN, and the Future of Israel

As the Obamas exit and the Trumps enter, America’s and American Jews’ relationship to Israel are frazzling. Several AC members expressed dismay about America’s abstention from a UN resolution critical of Israel and Sec. Kerry’s extremely blunt speech about whether the two-state solution has any future. Others are panicked that David Friedman will be America’s… Read more »

Joshua ben Gamla and Public Education

This year, our AC Wednesday night Talmud class is studying an excellent chapter (Bava Batra, Chap. 2) about responsible use of land, environmental hazards and zoning — the rules which enable us to be good and safe neighbors. (If you have never come to our class, please join us! We meet Wednesday at 7pm, followed… Read more »

Seeking the Good Amidst a Rise in Hate

Every politician’s favorite feel-good line – oft-attributed to de Tocqueville, wrongly – is that “America is great because America is good.” Hillary Clinton cited it often during the campaign, to tell us a story about ourselves, to make voters attend to some aspiration supposedly growing native in our national character to prize liberty, justice, fairness,… Read more »